Galway International Arts Festival

The full programme is now available for the 41st Galway International Arts Festival, which takes place from 16-29 July 2018.

Festival 2018

The 2018 programme for GIAF (16-29 July) features an exciting Irish and international mix of theatre, opera, and dance (six world premieres, five Irish premieres), comedy, circus, music, spectacle, and visual art. As well as our First Thought Talks series featuring interviews and discussions on the theme of Home, featuring artists and theatre makers from across the world.

Three-time Grammy Award winners and one of Q Magazine’s ‘50 Bands to See Before You Die’ The Flaming Lips will play the Heineken Big Top on 26 July. They will be joined on our biggest Big Top bill yet by one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Madness (27 July), double platinum selling indie rock band Walking on Cars (Saturday 21 July - Sold Out); indie sensation Caribou, who are set to play their only Irish gig of the summer (Saturday 28 July); world music superstars Amadou & Mariam (Wednesday 18 July); Choice Music prize winner Gavin James (Friday 20 July); the hugely popular Kodaline (Thursday 19 July - Sold Out), an afternoon of popular foot–tapping classics with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Festival Proms (Friday 28 July), and 2FM Live with Jenny Greene & the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Sunday 29 July - Sold Out).

You can view or download the full programme here. In the meantime, here's a taster of the kind of atmosphere you can expect at Galway International Arts Festival 2018.

GIAF on Tour

Grief is the Thing with Feathers starring Cillian Murphy and adapted and directed by Enda Walsh, presented by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, premiered in Galway in March 2018 before going on to the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin. Tickets for both runs were completely sold out. Find out more here

Ballyturk, the Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production, written and directed by Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh, had its US premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 9-28 January, 2018. Read what the critics had to say here

Woyzeck in Winter, our Landmark Productions co-production starring Camille O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Kane, Rosaleen Linehan and Peter Coonan, finished its run at The Barbican in London in September 2017 and also played as part of the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival in October, continuing GIAF’s strategy of touring new work. The production is nominated for six Irish Times Theatre Awards. Read the reviews here

Festival 2017 

An estimated 210,000 people from Ireland and across the world travelled to Galway to be part of our 40th anniversary celebrations and attend performances, talks, concerts, street events and exhibitions, representing an increase of 5% on last year. Check out the highlights here

Festival 2017 Reviews

The Guardian named Galway Interntional Arts Festival as one of their Top 5 Summer Festivals in Europe.

Rave reviews also flooded in for the festival 2017’s world premieres. The Guardian lauded Woyzeck in Winter, describing the production as ‘triumphant… brilliant… extraordinary’ while The Sunday Independent described the show as ‘a dazzling achievement.’

There was also widespread critical acclaim for GIAF’s first ever opera, The Second Violinist, produced by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. The Irish Times described it as ‘an extraordinary modern opera’ with The Guardian saying it was an ‘exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film’.